FY ’14 DECAL gave back over $7M in funding at year end. We will be asking why this happened but are assuming this is from low roster counts and programs turned back in. There are less 4 year olds moving through pipeline due to recession. Pre-K is still funded for 22 per classroom and a total of 84,000 students. GCCA is looking at the shift of Pre-K classrooms from private to public sector as well as funding for both operations and assistant teacher salaries. We will provide you with our update and strategy to address this growing concern shortly.
We have met with the House Budget Office in July and will continue to meet with the Senate Budget Office and Office of Planning and Budget to discuss the need for Pre-K funding formula revision to support center operations.
GCCA is a partner with Voices for Georgia’s Children for Pre-K Week again this year which is 10/6-10/10. Centers across the state will be asked invite legislators in to visit their classrooms and educate them about the importance of Georgia Pre-k and the investment in our youngest learners! Look for your centers involvement shortly!